Nov. 17th, 2006 02:46 pm
zenhedon: (smile)
Just got a call from [livejournal.com profile] thenakedredhead...it basically consisted of a lot of "SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!" and laughing & talking very fast. I guess a sudden out of the blue "because if certain people left we'd be crippled, and you're one of them" GIANT RAISE will have that effect :-)


Aug. 8th, 2006 11:13 pm
zenhedon: (nakedman)
Potential spoilage ahead, if you haven't seen the latest 'Who wants to be a superhero' )
Wonder if I could get on the show? 'Course, they'd have to blur me out the entire time I was.."in costume". Heh.
zenhedon: (keen)
You Are 96% Open Minded

You are so open minded that your brain may have fallen out!
Well, not really. But you may be confused on where you stand.
You don't have a judgemental bone in your body, and you're very accepting.
You enjoy the best of every life philosophy, even if you sometimes contradict yourself.
zenhedon: (smile)
You scored as Aimless Eclectic. You are an Aimless Eclectic! You have no bloody idea where you're going, but you don't care because you're having a great time! Eventually you'll find a focus, or fade away from the fad of occultism altogether. Try not to suffer the flames of hell....er....ridicule too much along the way.


Aimless Eclectic




True Alternative




White Lighter








What Subversive Alternative Paradigm Are You?
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zenhedon: (thinking)
Google to Organize World's Courtship Information with Google Romance

Service to offer psychographic matchmaking plus free “contextual dating” option

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 1, 2006 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google Romance™, a new product that offers users both a psychographic matchmaking service and all-expenses-paid dates for couples who agree to experience contextually relevant advertising throughout the course of their evening.

"Our mission, as you might have heard, is to organize the world's information," said Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's senior vice president, product management. "And let's face it: in what area of life is the world's information more disorganized than romance? We thought we could use our search technology to help you find that special someone, then send you on a date and use contextual ads to help you, ya know - close the deal."
zenhedon: (smile)
Flight of the Conchords are playing tomorrow (Friday) night at 9pm at the Red-Eyed Fly, as part of SXSW. If you've never heard them, here's a few samples of their songs...maybe you'll want to join [livejournal.com profile] ladydreamtime & I at the show tomorrow :-)

Petrov, Yeleyena, And Me
Frodo (2000 L.O.T.R Rejected Demo Version)

The page these came from, in case the direct links don't work: http://www.smokecds.com/cd/31015
(and if THAT doesn't work, go to either http://whatthefolk.net/sounds.htm or http://whatthefolk.net/news.htm and look for the links to the songs...it'll be worth your while..)

Other info about Flight of the Conchords

Official site: http://www.conchords.co.nz/
Fan Homepage: http://whatthefolk.net/
Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/conchords
Their BBC show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/comedy/conchords.shtml

My new car

Jan. 28th, 2006 07:07 pm
zenhedon: (smile)
Just bought it today:

Details later, gotta get to a movie..in MY NEW CAR!!!! WHEEEEEE!!!!
zenhedon: (silver)
From Slashdot: "According to the San Jose Mercury News, The Bush administration wants access to Google's huge database of search queries submitted by users to track how often pornography is returned in results. This information would be used for Bush's appeal of the 2004 COPA law, targeted to prevent access to pornography by children. The law was struck down because it would have restricted adults access to legal pornography. Google is promising to fight the release of this information."

I was fuming over that one earlier today. I started reading the blurb on Slashdot, expected to read on that the Gov't was after the Google search data to catch terrorists - I could see them trying for that (though I still don't think it's right for them to get that data). But noooo, they're after PORN now - ohhh, horrible evil porn! Porn is the new terrorism - anyone who makes it, or watches it, is the target now. Welcome back to Puritan America.

If the government wants to have search data like Google's, they're gonna have to collect it themselves. Let them set up their own search engine, and make it so good that everyone starts using it instead of Google. THEN maybe I'd say they had the right to sift through that search data - if it came from "netsearch.gov". But Google's not a government agency. Hell, if they want it that bad, have the NSA "wiretap" Google (but get a warrant!) and build their own damn database of searches.

Doomed, we're all doomed...

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lassiter for catalyzing the rant I wanted to write earlier but couldn't
zenhedon: (thinking)

??Which colour of Death is yours??
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zenhedon: (smile)
Well, really public, anyway :-) I was writing up a post to [livejournal.com profile] suggestions about showing comment-times in the user's local timezone, because trying to figure out when a comment was made from the UTC time was driving me crazy. Then I got to the part about implementation & wrote "add a 'timezone' setting.." when it struck me, hmm, I haven't checked for that lately...

Yep, sure enough, the personal info page has a setting for your local timezone - and I didn't have it set. Selected US/Central and presto! The comment times finally make SENSE!

Good thing I didn't post it.
zenhedon: (silver)
I gotta wonder how long before "intelligent delivery" actually becomes a proposed theory. It sounds ridiculous, impossible, I know - but then, supposedly the creationism vs evolution issue had been settled long ago too (Scopes trial, hello?) And with the BS the abstinence-based sex ed programs have been pushing lately ("condoms don't work", "you can get pregnant from oral sex"), it doesn't seem so far-fetched that they'd turn to advocating "storkism" next.

Oh those horrible secular reproductionists! (Modern World comic strip) )
zenhedon: (ohhhhhhh)
Great. More "tack on" legislation in Congress. This time, it's the MPAA trying to get the broadcast-flag passed, even though it was struck down in court. Now, I'm no fan of the broadcast flag (which is a way to control what end-viewers can do with content broadcast to their television set, over the air or cable - ie a way to disallow recordings, or force recordings to lower quality, that sort of thing). But what's really irking me about this is yet another case of "inappropriate" (or, "out of left field") legislation being tacked on to a basically unrelated bill - in this case, a rider on a budget reconcilation bill:

"This latest attempt involves tacking on an amendment to a budget reconciliation bill. Since reconciliation is about cutting spending--something that always sounds good--such legislation cannot be substantially changed by the Budget Committee once it is presented, nor can it be filibustered."

People have called for a "line item" veto in the past, as a way to deal with 'riders', but that's going at it backwards - what's needed is for Congress to have rules that prevent them from attaching riders in the first place!!!
Read more... )

If only...

Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:56 pm
zenhedon: (ohhhhhhh)
I found this picture via [livejournal.com profile] interdictor. What I found striking...the fire hydrant right in front of the building. What an amazing photograph.

Click to see it full-size, or go to http://sigmund.biz.nyud.net:8090/kat200509012/index0005.html to see more pictures from downtown NOLA...
zenhedon: (silver)
Reposted from [livejournal.com profile] thenakedredhead's journal, because she said I could, and I wanted to share it as widely as possible - I really like her metaphor here, and feel the same...

So disillusioned.

You Oil Doomsayers...so full of lies...blasphemies...PROMISES!!!! I have been waiting for nearly 7 years now for the promised crashing of the economy due to our over use of oil!! Don't you understand???? I want this crash! This country NEEDS this crash. Needs this death. How can we ever possibly be reborn into a beautiful young phoenix if we never burn into ashes to be reborn?? This forest needs to burn...burn to ashes so it can come back more beautiful and fuller and fresher in the spring again!!

My history isn't the best but I do know of at least two deaths and rebirths that this country has experienced. When after we finally separated and moved away from our parent called England we were going through wonderful growth and learning of being an adult. Then we became old and frail and were having problems inside our body.

Soon we had "The Civil War". The country died...and from that war and subsequent ashes, we were reborn again. The country once again prospered and grew and learned how to be adults again...and then the monopolies and greediness started infecting our body and the final heart attack was the Stock Market Crash. That was maybe not quite as harsh of a burning but we did flat line. Then we pulled ourselves out of the ashes and being reborn we were stronger, wiser, and even more beautiful.

Now...now...we are old and feeble and losing our minds...we are becoming senile!!!! The government is so ugly, it's the brown age spots that dot all over the skin of this country. The corporations are that never-able-to-cough-deep-enough phlegm that makes us cough, wheeze and gasp for breath. And the oil...it's the medicine that we take to keep us alive. And we keep taking more and more because our body can't quite seem to stop aching. We take so much and keep taking more of our medicine to make the ache go away that we don't see that our medicine has become our disease!! It has blinded us to the ugly brown age spots that mar our skin. It has numbed us to that never ending tickle in the back of our throat. As long as we keep taking our medicine and increasing the dosage, we will keep getting worse and frailer and soon won't even have a cognoscente mind. We are heading into a coma and that is WORSE than death. With death there is REBIRTH!!!!

Oil Doomsayers you have promised me and this body called United States of America this crash...this death. Instead you wave the living will in front of our faces but I'm seeing that it's not notarized and the medicine still keeps flowing in our veins. And I see the price of oil go up and we keep buying and using because well...it makes the aching pain go away. Please Oil Doomsayers...enough!!!! I demand it!!!! Enough from you!!!! You give me such false hopes!!!!

zenhedon: (leatherpark)


zenhedon: (smile)
If you hadn't heard about this yet: go to http://moon.google.com to see Google's rendition of the moon in their "maps" interface. It's very cool, you can see the Apollo landing sites. And if you zoom all the way in (do it one step at a time, go slowly) - you'll learn something you might not have known about the moon..
zenhedon: (silver)
This is appalling - through an article on Kuroshin about electric cars I found this site about Toyota crushing electric RAV4's (did you even know the RAV4 EV existed? I did, but had started to wonder if they were really a myth). And then this one about GM doing the same to their EV1's. It's disgusting. I mean, I know the auto industry is in bed with the oil industry, but this is just so...blatant. They already made the cars, people were lined up to pay CASH for them...but apparently they're so deadset against electric vehicles becoming popular, they're destroying them rather than let them be used. Crushing them! What a waste.

Following a trail of links & reading more about all-electric cars, I'm starting to think they're the way to go - there are new engines which outperform internal-combustion ones, and battery technology is good enough for in-city commuter driving now. Add a gas-generator & you get range with emissions still lower than a hybrid. The hype is all about fuel-cell & hydrogen cars right now, but that's taking forever, and requires new infrastructure for making & storing hydrogen anyway. We have the tech for battery-electric in place now already, and the grid supplies plenty of excess power at night for charging. There's a counter-argument to EV's that they aren't really better for the environment due to the power-generation using oil or coal, but I think the needed power is *already* being generated (or close to it), so there'd be a net reduction in pollution, since the cars using that power wouldn't pollute at all.

Anybody got a RAV4 EV they wanna sell me? Or maybe a Venturi? (yeah, right - many, many $$$). The Electrum Spyder looks damn sharp.
zenhedon: (keen)
If you heard about this... Supreme Court rules in favor of extending eminent domain to private developments ... and were enraged by it, then you'll love this: Justice Souter's house targeted for hotel development
zenhedon: (keen)
Well. Obviously I need to get North a little more:

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